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Frederik Meijer Lecture Series

The Frederik Meijer Lecture series has been established to provide local and national presentations that focus on issues of leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship from the perspective of students, faculty members, and participants in business throughout the region.

Winter 2014

Mary Coucher, Vice President of Intellectual Property Management, International Business Machines, Inc.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Time: 5:30 pm, in 1008 The Charles W. Loosemore Forum in the  L. William Seidman Center on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus. 50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. See Building #11 on the  Campus Map.

In 2001, Mary joined IBM in Beaverton, Oregon through IBM’s acquisition of Sequent Computer Systems.  With more than 30 years overall industry experience in Information Technology, Mary is widely recognized for her leadership, teamwork and management abilities, working both with IBM internally and with clients, across many geographies and cultures.  She has led sales, mergers and acquisitions, business development, product design, supply chain and process engineering teams in a broad range of industries, including:  Manufacturing, Chemicals, Telecommunications, and Information Technology.  Over the years, Mary has lived in several locations including an assignment in Japan.

Currently Mary is responsible for various aspects of IBM’s Intellectual Property business including Patent and Technology Licensing Engineering, Geography Business Development and Financial Operations.  In this role, Mary’s scope includes technical support of IBM’s $1B income licensing business, and complex deal negotiation across the globe with a wide variety of clients and IBM’s research labs. Prior to this job assignment, Mary managed a world wide sales force focused on selling industry specific solutions to key alliance partners and mergers and acquisitions for IBM’s Storage brand.  In previous roles with IBM, Mary was responsible for manufacturing and distribution, integrated supply chain, order fulfillment, and product assurance functions for a major high-end server product line for the company.

Mary started her professional career with Tektronix where her responsibilities included process engineering and division engineering management for the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) operation.  While at Tektronix she managed and participated in the Tektronix-NEC Engineering Exchange Program in Nyuzen, Japan.  During this program, Mary lived in Nyuzen, Japan working at NEC in the process engineering group.

Mary earned her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University where she has recently been inducted into their Academy of Distinguished Engineers.  She also earned her Masters of Business Administration from University of Portland, recognized into the honorary fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma, for High Scholastic achievement.

Mary is extremely active with the higher education community in the state of Oregon by serving as the recent board chair of Oregon State University’s (OSU) Dean’s Council for the College of Business, board member of College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, and a board member of the President’s Advisory Council for Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT).  She is also IBM’s Executive Sponsor for Oregon State University’s Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program and IBM’s Partnership Executive to OSU.  Mary also chaired and successfully concluded a $2.3M capital campaign chairman for OIT’s Center for Healthcare Professions.  Mary has three children, Braden, age 26, Margaret, age 22, and Joe Van, age 16.  Mary was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and enjoys golfing, boating, and music.

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Fall 2013

An Evening with Brian Walker

Monday, November 11, 2013

7:00 p.m. in the Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room, Allendale Campus

Free Parking will be available in Lot H and Lot K after 6:00 p.m.

Brian Walker is President and CEO of Herman Miller, Inc., overseeing the company’s global efforts to invent solutions that help create great places to work, to learn and to heal. In March 2003, he was named President and COO of the company and assumed the title of CEO in July 2004. He had earlier served as President of Herman Miller North America (2000), in which he oversaw the company's core business operations for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Herman Miller, Inc. (1995) where he developed a strong team of financial professionals and an internationally respected finance organization. Brian had previously held various financial management positions within Herman Miller's international operations. Brian Walker was instrumental in the adoption of the Economic Value Added (EVA) financial and performance metric at Herman Miller, Inc. This has been used as the foundation to improving employee financial literacy and to further align employees’ interests with those of the external shareholders. Brian serves on the Board of Directors for Briggs & Stratton Corporation and The University of Iowa’s Institute for Vision Research. He also serves on the board of The Right Place, Inc. of greater Grand Rapids, a regional, non-profit economic development organization dedicated to promoting area economic growth through high-quality employment, productivity, and technology. Brian served as President of The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) from June 2006 through May 2008, and The Federal Reserve Bank of Detroit from January 2009 through December 2012.

Before joining Herman Miller, Inc., Brian worked as a CPA for the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Brian’s interests include biking, skiing, and the martial arts. Brian, his wife Colleen, and their three children reside in Holland, Michigan.

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Winter 2013

Sir Ken Robinson

“Leading a Culture of Innovation”

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

7:00 p.m. in the Fieldhouse Arena, Allendale Campus

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.

His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into twenty-one languages.

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View previous Sir Ken Robinson lectures on YouTube:

School: http://youtu.be/WKEtm3h2qgo

Bring On The Learning Revolution: http://youtu.be/r9LelXa3U_I

Fall 2012

Mike Jandernoa

"Passion for Entrepreneurship"

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lecture 7:00 p.m. in the Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Winter 2012

Barbara Pierce Bush
"One Person Can Make a Difference Confronting Today's Global Health Challenges"

Monday, February 27, 2012

Lecture 7 p.m. in the Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room, Allendale Campus

Barbara is the Co-Founder and President Global Health Corps, the Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur, and the Echoing Green Foundation Fellow.

Fall 2011

Bonnie Wesorick, RN, MSN, FAAN

"Leading Healthcare Transformation for Those Who Give and Receive Care"

Monday, November 7, 2011

Lecture 7 p.m. in the L.V. Eberhard Center, 2nd floor, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Bonnie is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Clinical Practice Model Resource Center (CPMRC), a business unit of Elsevier, and the Founder of the CPMRC International Consortium.

Winter 2011

Tom Seidman, Owner, Honey Creek Pictures

“What’s So Good About Being a Liberal Arts Major?”

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lecture 6:30 p.m. on the Second Floor, Eberhard Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Please follow link to listen to his lecture (Lecture is in 2 parts):

Part 1: http://youtu.be/1f6tb5gUgf4

Part 2: http://youtu.be/ZJSLy_seeD4

B. Thomas Seidman, Producer/Director, has been working professionally in the entertainment industry for over twenty years, most prominently as a DGA assistant director for such filmmakers as Robert Redford (Ordinary People), Clint Eastwood (Honkytonk Man), and Peter Weir (The Dead Poets Society). Mr. Seidman will share his thoughts on the benefits of a liberal arts education for success in business and creative work. 

Mr. Seidman graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College (a four-year liberal arts college), and subsequently attended the American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow. His documentary Los Angeles was selected for inclusion in the PBS series P.O.V.: The American Documentary and received an Emmy nomination. He has produced and/or directed a number of independent television projects, as well as several Los Angeles theater productions, including Desperate Characters, winner of the ADA award for best comedy direction, and the world premiere of The Last Pitch, an LA Weekly "Pick Of The Week." His most recent film, Horizontal Accidents, is a dark comedy produced by the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University as the 2010 Summer Film Project.

Fall 2010

Dr. Jill Ker Conway, Distinguished Academic Lecturer

“The Next 50 Years in the United States”

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lecture 7 p.m. on the Second Floor, Eberhard Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

A successful author and academician, as well as the first woman president of Smith College, Dr. Conway serves on the boards of Colgate-Palmolive and Nike, and is the former chairwoman of the Lend Lease Corporation. Jill Ker Conway is equally successful in the business world. Dr. Conway shares her rich experience, insight, and wisdom.
Sponsored also by the GVSU 50th Anniversary.


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